8 health facts about food

1. Avocados

Avocados contain more potassium than bananas and are rich in monounsaturated fats that can improve blood flow and protect the brain against damage.

2. Garlic

Garlic contains a compound called allicin, that acts as a natural antibiotic and reduces levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the body. It is also a natural blood thinner.

3. Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds are high in the mineral zinc, required for wound healing, supporting the immune system and healthy sperm production.

4. Beetroot

Beetroots are rich in antioxidants that cleanse the liver and reduce inflammation. Often thrown away, the beet greens are a rich source of iron and help to build blood.

5. Fennel

Fennel is high in minerals and has a calming effect on digestion, making it useful in cases of gas, bloating and intestinal cramps.

6. Parsley

Parsley is a natural diuretic, which cleanses the kidneys and helps to get rid of excess fluid and swelling. It is also a great source of vitamin C and iron.

7. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are rich in lycopene; an antioxidant that is protective against cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer.

8. Quinoa

Quinoa is a gluten-free grain that contains all of the essential amino acids needed by the body and is high in fibre for healthy digestion.

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